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The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 11.24.10

A new patent for moving dough at AMF. A new shower cleaning sprayer device by S.C. Johnson & Son and a variation on a muscle relaxer created by an Ashland inventor.

Real estate firms face state audits

The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation started random inspections of real estate firms this month to make sure they are following guidelines — in particular whether escrow accounts containing security deposits are being handled correctly.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 11.16.10

A patron is suing the Brio Tuscan Grille for biting into a stone in her minestrone. A business claims a competitor has a name that’s too similar. Plus a ton of slip and falls (including a case from someone who alleges the elevator in the James Center fell a floor). And banks trying to collect on loans.

‘Ultimate vertical gated community’ plan is no more

A New York development company wants to sell a downtown plot where it hoped to build a massive, 30-story high-rise. Plus it’s auctioning off unsold condos in a nearby building and selling a commercial building on Broad Street.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 11.09.10

A sports academy has a lease dispute with the Chesterfield sports complex SportsQuest. Plus a Pastor is suing a grocery store for firing him for allegedly not letting him work part-time on Sundays. A bank is trying to recover more than $1 million from a homebuilder on a line of credit, and an alleged embezzlement.